More than 3,400 Covid-19 deaths were reported in the United States on Friday, with the total number of deaths from the pandemic approaching 400,000. According to Johns Hopkins University, it is also the 11th consecutive day that more than 200,000 cases of infection have been reported in the country.
On Saturday, Los Angeles County became the first county in the United States to cross the one million case mark – more than Cook County in Illinois and Arizona Maricopa combined, according to Johns Hopkins.
Through Friday, at least 12.2 million doses of Covid 19 vaccine had been administered in the United States, according to the CDC, while the vaccination is under intense federal scrutiny and criticism from state officials.
Some states are upset by the news of Health and Human Services Minister Alex Azar, who said Friday that no relief vaccine will be distributed.
We are now confident enough in the quality of our current production and its price to provide a second dose to people, so we are no longer sitting on a reserve, Lester Holt told NBC News. We have made it available for states to order.
Asked about the apparent shortage of supposedly ready personnel, Dr. Lina Wen, medical analyst and emergency physician at CNN, said: Frankly, I don’t understand how we got to this point, because this is the most valuable commodity in the world right now.
These are the doses promised to the states, she said. How should state and local health departments plan immunization campaigns if they don’t know what to expect, or even if there is an additional supply?
We need answers from the federal government, she added. We need honesty and transparency.
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Governors from across the country have also expressed frustration with the federal government’s efforts to provide vaccines.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that the state expects to receive only 250,000 doses next week, even though 7 million New Yorkers are now eligible for the vaccine.
We are on track to get the vaccine into the hands of eligible New Yorkers as quickly and fairly as possible, Cuomo said in a statement. Right now, however, we have 7 million New Yorkers fighting for a share of the cans provided by the federal government.
Washington should increase the supply to New York so that anyone who wants the vaccine has a chance to get it, he said.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis said Friday that he was very disappointed that we had been lied to about the reserve vaccines and that future vaccines will be delivered through the supply chain.
There is no influx of doses, contrary to the conversation we had with the Vice President (and) Minister of Health three days ago, where we were told that we would receive additional doses in the states, the governor said.
Polis estimated that of the 58,000 cans remaining in Colorado, those will likely run out or nearly out by Sunday.
The governors of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota have written to Azar criticizing the federal plans and hoping to buy the vaccines directly from the manufacturers.
Without additional offers or permission for outright purchase, our states may be forced to cancel plans for community vaccination clinics in the coming weeks, where tens of thousands of people will be vaccinated. It is time for the Trump administration to do the right thing and help us end this pandemic, the letter said.
On Friday, Pfizer tried to reassure government officials and the public about the production of its vaccine, saying there was no supply interruption.
Operation Warp recently asked us to start delivering second doses. As a result, we have every second can from previous US shipments in stock. We are working around the clock to produce millions every day, Pfizer said in a statement to CNN.
In some major cities, including Houston, Phoenix and Los Angeles, stadiums and amusement parks are used as mass vaccination sites for eligible individuals.
In Los Angeles on Friday, the first day the vaccines were distributed there, about 2,200 people were vaccinated in the alley near Dodger Stadium, said David Ortiz, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
At this location, only healthcare workers are currently vaccinated as a general rule to comply with Los Angeles County’s ordinance to vaccinate healthcare workers first before vaccinating other eligible individuals.
A long line of cars appeared in the parking lot on Saturday morning. Officials say the facility will eventually serve more than 12,000 people a day. The fire department worked with other groups, including CORE, a nonprofit founded by actor Sean Penn, to create and maintain the site.
(I) spoke to the captain, who slept for two hours to try to the logistical part of this huge operation here. И … he has a smile on his face because he’s doing everything he can to make it a success, to make it work, Ortiz said.
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The number of Covid-19 hospital admissions across the country has reached a near-record, with some health centres exceeding their normal capacity and compromising their ability to provide urgent medical care.
More than 127,200 Covid 19 patients were in U.S. hospitals Friday, a few thousand fewer than the peak nine days earlier, according to the COVID tracking project.
While December was the deadliest month of the pandemic in the country, January is going to be even worse.
In the first 15 days of January, there were more than 46,240 deaths due to coronaviruses in the United States. According to Johns Hopkins, this is already more than half of the approximately 77,500 recorded for the entire month of December.
According to a recent forecast from the University of Washington, by 1. In May, 566,720 people died in the United States.
According to the university’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), this number could be reduced by about 32,000 deaths by making masks mandatory in all cases.
Restrictions on masks continue to vary by state
Health authorities are pushing to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and its implementation is expected to have a direct impact on future infections and deaths. The reactions of the States and local authorities were very varied. Some states do not yet have foreclosure policies, so companies can set their own rules.
On Friday, Mississippi extended the requirement to wear a mask to 3 in all but nine counties. February.
It is important that we continue to take this virus seriously. We are working to vaccinate Mississippians, but we will continue to maintain social distance, restrict meetings and wear masks, said Governor Tate Reeves.
North Dakota said, however, that officials are seeing a decrease in the Covid-19 mask compared to a previous outbreak, and Governor Doug Burgum said the mask’s mandate continues Monday, reiterating in a press conference: We must remain vigilant.
Capacity restrictions for bars, restaurants and meeting places in North Dakota go from requirements to recommendations.
Maggie Fox, Rob Fries, Jason Hannah, Kay Jones, Devon Sayers, Amanda Sealy, Holly Silverman and Paul Vercammen contributed to this report.